Pros that poke: Facebook world rankings


Originally published on: 26/02/10 14:11

In the second edition of the Tennishead Facebook top 30 (based on each player’s number of friends on the aforementioned horribly addictive social networking website) there are five friendly Frenchmen and women in the top 11, with Richard Gasquet still way out in front with a whopping 2,310 mates.

New entries Paul Henri Mathieu, Fabrice Santoro and Nicolas Mahut have bolstered their nation’s offering coming in at No.3, 9 and 11 respectively to add to Tati Golovin who has a solid 510 amis at No.5.

Our very own Jamie Murray deserves recognition, however. He’s had a good month, adding a respectable 168 buddies to his tally during March, comfortably holding onto second spot in the process. Oh, and he reached the semis of the doubles in Indian Wells too. Nice one, my son.

Other new entries come from Canada, Belgium, South Africa and Austria as Daniel Nestor (12th), Kristof Vliegen (18th), Chris Haggard (28th) and Jurgen Melzer (30th) make their debut.

Slovak Jarmilla Gajdosova is the biggest mover of the players who appeared in the first ever listing. She’s been hard at it and has turned some late-night Facebooking into another 75 chums in the last month or so, enough to push her from 20th to 16th. That might explain why she hasn’t won a match since the first week of January.

Nominations for Spoilsport of the Month are Paul Hanley and Sania Mirza, who appear to have been fiddling with their privacy settings. Shame on you.

Facebook world rankings, March 26 2008

Position Player ‘Friends’
1. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 2310
2. Jamie Murray (GBR) 898
3. Paul Henri Mathieu (FRA)* 696
4. Yves Allegro (SUI) 530
5. Tatiana Golovin (FRA) 510
6. Bryanne Stewart (AUS) 467
7. Eric Butorac (USA) 432
8. Natalie Grandin (AUS) 419
9. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)* 375
10. Sophie Ferguson (AUS) 311
11. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)* 289
12. Daniel Nestor (CAN)* 270
13. Jeff Coetzee (RSA) 258
14. Alun Jones (AUS) 257
15. Roger Anderson (RSA) 242
16. Jarmilla Gajdosova (SVK) 237
17. Chris Guccione (AUS) 219
18. Kristof Vliegen (BEL)* 202
19. Peter Luczak (AUS) 201
20. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 197
21. Milagros Sequera (VEN) 195
22. Ashley Harkleroad (USA) 191
23. Wes Moodie (RSA) 183
24. Vasilisa Bardina (RUS) 177
25. Julie Ditty (USA) 166
26. Andy Murray (GBR) 158
27. Kevin Ullyett (ZIM) 139
28. Chris Haggard (RSA)* 126
29. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 121
30. Jurgen Melzer (AUT)* 112

NB. Asterix denotes new entry. Come back every fortnight for an update.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.